In alphabetical order, we are sharing with you chain restaurants in the United States where you can order raw vegan at.
For anyone who is not familiar with what being a raw vegan is, it’s simple. A Raw Vegan is someone who chooses to not consume any animal or animal by-products.
That’s the vegan part.
The raw part means they choose to consume anything that is left (fruit, vegetable, nuts, seeds and grains) in their raw, unprocessed form; to be more specific, nothing over the temperature of 118 degrees.
For me, I do not get into the semantics of it. I happen to feel better when eating a majority of my food raw but do not call myself any labels other than vegan.
Before we get to our list, I thought it might be helpful to give tips on how to order raw vegan at any restaurant:
- Look at the online menu ahead of visiting. Or use our vegan guides to narrow down what the vegan options are so you know what vegetables, fruit, nuts & seeds the restaurant offers.
- Call ahead. Ask for a simple plate of fresh raw vegetables.
- Modify a salad already on the menu.
- Request the fresh steamed veggies that are on the menu to be raw.
- Take your own dressing. Guacamole and salsa are always easy go-to’s if the restaurant offers it for a dressing.
- Bring your own food if the restaurant cannot accommodate you. But call ahead and ask if that is ok. In some states, it could violate local health code rules.
“Hey I’m a raw vegan and will be having dinner here with friends. Do you think the chef could accommodate with a really big vegan salad, a side of fruit and some guacamole or a side of avocado?” You could ask for a slice of lemon, balsamic vinegar and/or salt to accompany your food to season it.
And if you want to get even more in-depth, you could ask for ingredient information on their dressings to determine if it would align with you.
VeggL Guide To Ordering Raw Vegan At Chain Restaurants
Each chain location name is clickable and will take you to the complete vegan guide for that restaurant.
Be aware that most of these options are going to be salads; which if you are raw vegan, is not going to come as a surprise. 😉
Always verify that the options we share are available prior to ordering. Menus change. Please let us know if you notice we need to make any updates to this guide!
Applebee’s offers a Strawberry Balsamic Chicken Salad that can be ordered with NO chicken or breadstick. It will come with fresh greens, garden tomatoes, red onions, sliced almonds, fresh strawberries and a drizzle of balsamic glaze. It is served with a vegan-friendly lemon olive oil vinaigrette on the side. You choose if you want to use it.
They also have guacamole you could ask to SUB with and even broccoli on their sides menu you could ask for raw.
Order a Salad with as many raw veggies as you like with the dressing of your choice.
Carrabbas has a few options.
Choose either their House or Italian Salad with Balsamic or Red Wine Vinegar. They also have vegetable sides that you could ask for to be served raw; asparagus, broccoli and whatever is in their seasonal mix.
We suggest ordering 2 of Chili’s House Salads–NO croutons or cheese. The dressing it comes with, Citrus Balsamic Vinaigrette, is vegan but you choose what you are comfortable with. They also have guacamole and salsa if you to SUB out the dressing.
Order a salad (ask for extra greens), NO vinaigrette with fresh tomato salsa, lettuce and guacamole.
We love a salad chain! It’s so much more fun when you can have a variety of ingredients to choose from. At Chopt, you have an array of greens, fruits, vegetables, nuts, avocado and dressings to complete your salad. 🙂
Clean Juice offers an array of healthy USDA-certified organic vegan options… smoothies, fresh fruit juices, wellness shots and bowls.
CoreLife Eatery offers salads with a few different greens to choose from. Add your veggies, avocado then pick your dressing.
They also offer a few toppings that include herbs, nuts and seeds. CoreLife also offers smoothies. A salad and smoothie would be perfection.
Denny’s offers a House Salad with iceberg lettuce, cucumbers, and grape tomatoes. Add avocado for an additional cost. But make sure to order it with NO cheese or croutons. They offer a balsamic dressing that is vegan-friendly or salsa.
Broccoli is a side that you could ask to be served raw, if interested.
Order a Plain Firehouse Salad with NO cheese. Look at our guide for a list of vegan dressings. Choose which is raw vegan for you. The salad comes with romaine, tomato, bell pepper, cucumber and pepperoncini.
They also offer avocado, cucumber and a few other vegetables if you want to ask for it to have additional toppings.
Freshii is incredible for raw vegans. Create your own salad with kale, spinach and/or romaine. Add toppings like avocado, broccoli, cabbage, apple, hemp seeds, kalamata olives, or walnuts. Your more traditional ones are in there as well.
They have so many vegan-friendly dressings to finish it with.
Fresh juices, shots and smoothies! So much to choose from at Jamba.
Order their Nutty Mixed-Up Salad (NO chicken or cheese), Fruit Bowl or get the Salad Bar and create your own with their many raw vegan-friendly ingredients!
Plant-based smoothies, smoothie bowls, raw juices and shots are at Juice It Up!
The vegan options at Just Salad, as you might expect from a create-your-own salad chain… are excellent.
In fact, we are putting out into the universe that more locations begin appearing across the United States.
Order a Fresh Greens Salad and ask for extra raw vegetables to be added. We suggest asking for balsamic vinegar or a lemon to squeeze on top as a dressing.
Order the Vegan Greek Salad.
It comes with a mix of romaine and iceberg lettuce, shredded carrots, shredded red cabbage, sweet onions, cucumber, green bell peppers, mushrooms, roma tomatoes, pepperoncini, banana peppers and kalamata olives. Ask for balsamic vinegar to use as a dressing.
Order a House Salad with NO croutons or Italian dressing. Ask to SUB with olive oil (optional) and balsamic vinegar. The salad comes with romaine, tomatoes, black olives, onions and pepperoncini.
Order a Blue Cheese Pecan Chopped Side Salad. Ask if you can get an entree size of this then order with NO Aussie Crunch, dressing or blue cheese. SUB with balsamic vinegar. This salad comes with the most diverse mix which is why we picked it. It comes with mixed greens with shredded carrots, red cabbage, green onions and cinnamon pecans.
We’re not sure how the cinnamon pecans are cooked so you may need to ask for them to be removed as well.
Outback Steakhouse also offers a fresh mix of veggies on their sides menu. Ask for them to but not cooked and with NO butter, oil or seasoning–just to cover your basis.
At Panera, you have a few raw vegan-friendly menu items.
Their Greek Salad can be ordered with NO feta or dressing. It comes with kalamata olives, red onion, romaine, tomatoes, salt & pepper and pepperoncini. Ask for a lemon slice to squeeze on top.
Panera also has a fruit cup.
P.F. Chang’s offers many cooked dishes with vegetables that include green beans, broccoli, iceberg lettuce, cabbage, bell pepper and carrots. We suggest calling and asking if you can get a plate of raw veggies.
On the kids menu they also have a fruit cup.
Pita Pit isn’t just for pitas… they also offer salads! They even have a decent amount of raw ingredients for you to add in.
Playa Bowls is very unique in how they have created their menu. 5 of their 7 bowl bases are raw vegan–acai, coconut, green, pitaya and chia pudding. Pick the smoothie bowl you like then make the modifications needed for it to be 100% raw.
Order a Bottomless House Salad with NO croutons or cheese. Then ask for guacamole on the side.
Red Robin also has carrot sticks on their sides menu or steamed broccoli. Ask for the steamed broccoli to be served raw. Apple slices are also on the kids menu.
Did you know Ruby Tuesday offers a Garden Bar where you can put together your own plate of raw plants?! Have a ball. 🙂
Salads! Order a Greek Salad with Avocado and NO feta or dressing. It comes with cucumber, tomatoes, kalamata olives, red onion, green onions, romaine, and mixed greens.
Or, you can create your own salad. Balsamic Vinegar is a dressing option.
You can order one of the curated salads with modifications or make it easy and create your own. SaladWorks offers 4 lettuce options plus over 15 toppings.
We have been to Salata and really like it! They offer an incredible amount and variety of vegetables, fruit, nuts and seeds + sprouts.
Many smoothies plus a couple of smoothie bowls.
Smoothie King seems to be the smoothie spot that has always been the closest to wherever we have lived so we are big fans. Be aware that they do add turbinado sugar to most of their smoothies so make sure you make those modifications.
Might be known for their subs, but you can order a salad at Subway. They have lettuce and spinach available for your base and toppings like cucumber, tomato and banana peppers.
Avocado is available for an extra cost and yellow mustard or red wine vinegar could work as a dressing.
Taco Time NW offers a Veggie Chop Salad. Ask for the modifications that make sense for you and ask for guacamole to be added as a SUB for those items removed.
Order a side salad with NO egg, cheese or croutons.
Or ask for their vegetable sides to be served not cooked (raw) and with a slice of lemon to squeeze on top. They offer steamed broccoli and fresh vegetables on their sides menu. Ask what the fresh vegetables consist of.
A House Salad is on the menu. Order with NO cheese, croutons or the breadstick. Ask for salsa and/or avocado to top it with.
Steamed broccoli is on the menu as well. You can ask for it to be served raw. And ask if they have any fresh fruit you could have on the side.
The Thai Lettuce Wraps with Grilled Avocado are what I would order here! Ask what grilled means on the avocado because when we tried it it didn’t seem to be “cooked.” SUB the coconut curry noodles with more carrots, cucumber or bean sprouts. Yum!
They also offer green beans, spinach, broccoli and asparagus on their “sides menu.” Ask for any or all of these to be served raw on a plate together…. with some guacamole or even salsa.
Tropical Smoothie Cafe has some great raw vegan options! The Avocoolada sounds incredible for a smoothie shop along with their Detox Island Green.
True Food Kitchen is one of our favorite chains in the United States. For raw vegan, you will need to ask for a plate to be made with whatever raw vegetables they can put together.
On the sides menu, they have seasonal vegetables and broccolini but on the main menu, there are items that have other vegetables in them you could ask about.
Ask if they can create a vegan salad for you.
Many of the ingredients in the Italian chopped salad would be good; fresh greens, tomatoes, kalamata olives, banana peppers and red onion but be aware there are NOT vegan ingredients in it as well. So you can’t just order it as-is.
They have strawberries, grapes, blueberries and walnuts in their Berry & Goat Cheese Salad. And then steamed broccoli is on their sides menu. Ask for it to be served raw.
Order the Southwest Avocado Salad with NO chicken, cheese or bacon and SUB the dressing with salsa. This salad will have a romaine & spring mix, tomatoes and avocado. Apple bites are on the menu as a side.
As you can see, we were able to find you raw vegan items at over 30 chain restaurants in the United States. Granted, most of those are salads, smoothies and juices, but isn’t that what raw vegan in its simplicity really is?
Make eating out about being with the people you are with and enjoying the atmosphere.